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An interview with Mesfin Sahele Gebreyes, E-SHIP Programme Manager By Kevin Mwanza Ethiopia, one of the countries where WSSCC has been working to advance better sanitation and hygiene for the vulnerable people, has so far managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 through a mix of surveillance, WASH-Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), health education and […]

By Mesfin Gebreyes and Machrine Birungi ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Sanitation and hygiene experts in Ethiopia are placing a special focus on a group of young individuals that are left behind as they ramp up their effort to improve sanitation and hygiene services to fight against coronavirus. Ms Fasika Ayalew, WASH Communication Expert for SNV […]

The GSF supports partners to address the global sanitation and hygiene crisis, so that everyone can enjoy healthy and productive lives.

In June, July and August WSSCC reached out to its members and partners in 16 countries through dedicated national consultations.

WSSCC’s participation and partnerships at the conference reinforced the council’s achievements and commitments to the WASH sector.

Sessions addressed key issues and provided recommendations for action required to achieve universal and equitable access to WASH.

In the run-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development, the head of UNDESA has said that “concrete deliverables” will be the key outcome of the event.

ESHIP aims to scale up WASH improvement across rural communities to help achieve national WASH goals.


National Coordinators Report – Highlights 2015

Sixteen National Coordinators work within WASH coalitions in their home countries, leading WSSCC’s work, serving as coalition heads and spokespersons, and advocating on WASH issues. National Coordinators carry out national and local level networking, knowledge management, advocacy and communications activities, and working on facilitating and implementing Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme activities. Working with partners and networks, they aim to position sanitation and hygiene onto the national agenda and prioritize specific investments for sanitation and hygiene. This report shows how WSSCC's National Coordinators have increased the visibility of WSSCC in their respective countries and how their collective commitment has contributed to greater commitments from rights holders, duty bearers, the private sector and partners.Rapport des coordinateurs nationaux 2015 - Les coordinateurs nationaux du WSSCC sont actifs dans 16 pays d’Asie du Sud-Est, d’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’Asie du Sud et d’Afrique orientale et australe. En 2015, ils ont pu faciliter et entreprendre des activités variées, qui illustrent l’activisme local et mondial en faveur du secteur WASH, et le dynamisme de l’approche collaborative du WSSCC. Avec l’adoption des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) en septembre 2015, les coordinateurs nationaux continuent de contribuer à ce secteur en portant davantage attention aux questions d’expansion et d’équité, conformément aux nouveaux objectifs. Ils canalisent les efforts des coalitions WASH et des autorités publiques pour mettre fin à la pratique de la défécation à l’air libre, et veillent à ce que les améliorations sanitaires soient adaptées aux personnes vulnérables et aux groupes socialement marginalisés. Pour se concentrer sur l’expansion et l’équité, ils s’appuient sur les résultats et l’expérience des 13 programmes nationaux d’amélioration de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène soutenus par le GSF ainsi que sur les activités du WSSCC relatives à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination.

WASH Case Studies Series – Ethiopia

WASH Coalitions are involved in activities ranging from participating in information sharing to advocating specific policy changes and everything in between. All, though, have in common a commitment to addressing the need for improved systematic communication, collaboration, and joint action among sector stakeholders in their country of operation. Part of the series of WASH Coalition country case studies, here we focus on Ethiopia, showcasing the evolution, activities and impact made in recent years. Since 2004 the Ethiopia WASH Movement has operated in one of the most underprivileged countries in the world, where the majority of the population does not have access to sufficient and safe sanitation and related diseases are exceedingly common. The goal of the movement was to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality caused by lack of safe and adequate water, poor sanitation and hygienic practices. The objectives were to promote improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices and gain the political and social commitment and endorsement required to make a real difference in the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene situation. In this case study we reveal the details of the three major elements that combined to such success against the extreme challenges of Ethiopia.

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Ethiopia

One sixth of all Africans who need access to safe water live in Ethiopia. Without improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene, the MDG targets on infant mortality, girls’ access to primary education and poverty cannot and will not be met. This publication addresses the issue of financing these most vital, basic services. Many of the problems stem from poor financing, with NGOs and donors making up much of the shortfall. But where, exactly, are budgets being currently spent? Are the correct strategies in place, along with clear co-ordination? Which areas need to be extended and financed to deliver the biggest effect and best outcomes? These and many more issues are addressed in this snapshot of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ethiopia. Clear assessments of the problems are outlined before short, medium and long-term recommendations are made, guiding the best approaches to deal with these problems.